143 Epilogue Hopes and Dreams Every child must be made aware Every child must be made to care Care enough for his fellow man To give all the love that he can I pray my wish will come true For my child and your child too “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”1 WWellesley hen asked if writing was a chore, American sportswriter Walter “Red” Smith wryly replied, “Why, no. You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.”2 Similarly, the subtitle for a popular guidebook on the craft of writing is Embodying Your Authentic Voice.3 For any writing to be authentic and persuasive, it must be born from a voice, a vision, or a kernel of truth that is deeply held and very personal. Because our intention from the very beginning was to produce a book that was squarely grounded in the latest advances in developmental science, we have tried to avoid language that might be perceived as overtly biased, subjective, specu- lative, or partisan. But this book has also been born out of our passion to provide better care for young children and their families, to improve a health system that is broken and unsustainable, and to challenge social norms that either ignore or actively propagate the widening disparities and inequities that are eroding our collective relational health. So, if we haven’t already tipped our hand, let us be clear about what our hopes and dreams are for this book. 11-epilogue-9781610021524.indd 143 4/12/18 11:00 AM
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